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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 20, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page November Serving New Braunfels antttytttat County New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged in 1957and printed in both German and English until 1958 Managing Editor News Edifof Features Editor and Publisher Circulation Director Advertising Director Business Manager Bfradv jCfMi Brian Craig Pauling Coiiftrtoy Abflfnathy Heather draht Time to ring in holiday season Christmas time without Festtage would be pretty boring Be sure to lift your Mi day spirits by participating in this years events T I A ts hard to believe that Christmas time is just around the corner Seems like we just turned our backs on a busy summer season If youre having a hard time gearing up for the holidays youre in luck The annual downtown Christmas lighting ceremony is Friday night The lighting ceremony kicks off a solid month of community holiday cel ebrations called Festtage Theres no better way to ring in a festive holiday season Festtage is true family fun Take the lighting cer emony Hundreds of families gather around the Plaza to await the flipping of the switch that illu minates the square in a glow of white holiday lights Its breathtaking and spirit lifting Better yet Santa comes to town for his first of many visits The shoppers in the family will enjoy this week ends Weihnachtsmarkt which benefits the Sophienburg Museum and Archives and the Christmas Showcase of Arts and Crafts Nov 29 And dont forget about Wassailfest Dec a magical evening of downtown festivities Christmas time without Festtage would be pretty boring Be sure to lift your holiday spirits by participating in a host of these community events TODAY IN HISTORY V By The Associated Press Today is Thursday Nov 20 the 324th day of 2003 There are 41 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Nov 20 1947 Britains future queen Princess Elizabeth marriedPhilip Mountbatten Duke of Edinburgh in a ceremony broadcast worldwide from Westminster Abbey In New Jersey became the first state to JlU 1910 revolution broke out in Mexico led by Francisco I Madero In 1925 Robert F Kennedy was bom in Brook line Mass In 1945 24 Nazi leaders went on trial before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg Germany LETTERS POLICY Letters must be 250 words or fewer The HeraldZeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions Guest columns should be less than 500 words and must be accompanied by a photo Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be confirmed sofar its GUESTCOLUMN Principals behavior management style are behind campus unrest Mail letters to Letters to Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels TX 781311328 Fax them to 830 6063413 email them to Mr Duane Neel high school students are not but young adults who indeed possess the under stand policy that directly affects their school life Furthermore they like most human beings have the capacity to respect the authority of those they deem deserving of it It is no secret that Rickey Williams strong handed dictate approach alienates him not only from his own student body but also from their parents and perhaps even his own staff It is not the policies that students parents and teachers seemingly oppose but the man behind the policies who will not be dictatedto by but who himself displays dictatorlike It is only natural that NBHS students have voiced their concerns to their parents not in rebellion but because Rickey Williams has left them without a voice Parents have the right to be concerned to ask questions to demand answers to even become frustrated After all they are the taxpayers whose dollars fund the milliondollar construction jobs and pay administrative salaries In addition Mr Neel the deafening silence by the teachers that echoes down the halls of New Braunfels High School may not necessarily stem from teacher support of Williams but on the contrary perhaps teachers feel the same intimidation that students and their parents have experienced When the dust there will be nothing new under the sun at New Braunfels High School Teachers as in any infrastructure will adapt to endure the principal of the week keep their mouths shut and do their jobs When the dust it will be the teachers who will take the rap or the credit for student failure or success Rickey Williams is a figment of his own imag ination if he perceives that his presence is go ing to develop New Braunfels High School into a stateoftheart school New Braunfels is a for mer counselor and teacher anyone else who believes students parents or AUieBurkeYoungof teachers are rebelling against policy For many years students parents and teachers have fol lowed and supported school policy The prob lem that exists today is following Williams who seems to lack the leadership skills to bring New Braunfels High School to a higher academic standard In the 12 short weeks his own behavior and management style have created tension con flict and dissension Can you imagine a CEO walking out of a shareholder meeting because he doesnt like what he is hearing Mr Williams did just that in one of the parent meetings Mr Williams has become the emperor with no totally fails to realize and con tinues doing what was witnessed and reported I would hope that the NBISD management team can see through the deafening Education was passion for exNBISD trustee To all New Braunfels citizens and especially to the families and chil dren of NBISD we should take this time to thank a very special lady for her dedicated service to our com munity Bette Spain steps down from the New Braunfels School Board after serving diligently for nine years She has weathered tough times and good times but always as a fine lady Bettes dedication to education has been displayed as a teacher for 10 years an active substitute a host and OnetoOne mentor a Youth Leadership chair and as a commu nity activist She and her fellow LETTERS TO THE EDITOR board members are directly respon sible for the bond issue passage that has helped us keep up with our growth She is a champion for the new Central Texas Technology Center which will keep our children learn ing after high school and will help improve area employment Educa tion truly has been her passion her United States Government PRESIDENT II George W gush 1600 Pennsylvania NW Washington 20600 Are p KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 Washington 20610 Telephone 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 8023 Vantage Drive Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 Telephone 210 3402885 Fax 210 3496753 JOHN CORNYN Russell Senate Courtyard 5 Washington 20510 Telephone 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282856 Web Send emails through Web AUSTIN OFFICE 221 West Sixth Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone 512 4696034 Fax 512 4696020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 600 Navarro Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 2247485 Fax 210 2248569 CONGRESSMAN LAMAR SMITH Rayburn House Office Building Room 2231 Washington 20515 Telephone 202 2254236 Fax 202 2258628 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 1100 NE Loop 410 Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8215024 Fax 210 8215947 Texas Government lllfflffl GOVERNOR RICK PERRY State Capitol Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax 512 4631849 STATE HOUSE CARTER CASTEEL 254 E Mill St New Braunfels 78130 Telephone 830 6270215 Toll Free 866 6874961 Fax 830 6278895 WHILE IN AUSTIN Box 2910 Austin 787682190 Telephone 512 4630325 Fax 512 4739920 Email address firstname.lastname@example.org STATE SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 Fax 210 8260571 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone 512 4630125 Fax 512 4637794 Email address email@example.com leadership has delivered lasting results The greatest thing I can say about Bette is she never had a personal agenda Bette always represented the best interest of our community and she lived with her convictions of integri ty and honesty She will be greatly missed on our board but her serv ice to her community will never stop Her actions will leave a lasting impression for years to come Please call write or stop and tell her how much we all really appreci ate her dedication and service Bette thank you so very much for everything New Braunfels Dr Deans apology wont D r Howard Dean was born in New York City and has spent his life there and in Vermont I guess hes about as Yankee a Yankee as you can get Yet he reached out to Pixie and got burned by his fellow Pemocrats The thing to note is that Dr Dean first made his remark about wanting the votes of guys with Confederate decals on their pickup trucks at meet rng of Democrats about three months ago His remarks drew thunderous applause It was onjy after he became a frontrunner that his tag along riyajs decided to raise CHARLEYBilSE a Qrie opmed that Dean was stereotyping Southerners Mother ac cused him ol being a racist It much ado about nothing Most people knew immediately what Pi Dean meanj by his Cojoledjerate his insincere critics Cliarley Reese is a columnist for King Fea tures Synicate You can Write to him at Box 2446 32802 remarks He knows that unless the Demo cratic Party appeals once more to working men and women in the South it will re main a minority party of extreme feminists extreme environmentalists silkstocking socialists and the professional civilrights crowd who live in comfort around the Washington Beltway 1 think he wants to revive the peniQcratic Party of Many Truman Whtte it is fashionable for Pernoerats now to say they are fiscal eonservatiyes and social liberals they need to under stand that most Southerners are social conservatives and fiscal liberals Nobody embraced Franklin Roosevelts New Deal more warmly than the South While most Southerners are opposed to abortion on demand to gay marriage pornography they are extremely patriotic and not at all unwiltog to accept federal aid for their communities and for themselves As for race 1 dont think it is any longer an issue with most white Soutterners As J miU around with white Southerners and hang out with the Coitf edjerate flag folks I never hear any racist jokes or snide remarks about blacksrln fact the subject never comes up Of course there is a minority of bigots but my guess is you could put every member of the Ku Kim Wan in the South ern states in one small gymnasium Still I can speak only from a white perspective Blacks might see the situation differently As for the Confederate flag its meaning like that of all symbols is in the eyes of the beholder I dont begrudge the feet that some blacks see it as a racist symbol Some yahoos used to wave it though it seems to be forgotten that the same yahoos also waved the American flag To me the Confederate flag is a symbol of the valor of the Confederate soldiers who fought well to preserve the constitu tional republic I know the oflMal ver sion today is that the war was all about slavery but it wasnt As Alexander Ste phens said Slavery was the question but not ike gjot thats a subject that will probably be debated forever AtajtiyiUie Im sjorirytjiaisome people no one has a constitutional right to not be offended Yet people who revere the Con federate flag do have a right to display it whether others find it offensive or not That is a freespeech issue We cant have a free society if were going to censor any thing that offends us Personally I dont think most blacks give a hoot about the Confederate flag one way or the other In the referendum on the Mississippi flag which incorporates the Confederate flag folks voted ingly to keep it and about 3D percent of the blacks who voted also voted to keep it The flag was a big issue for liberal white politicians and types but appajeijdy was m big oeil for ordinary Mssjssjppto both btek and white The workffligmfnjn4 portajit wings to woiry ate sbju his toric flags mA I wish Pi Dean had stuck to his guns and not apolo You appease an 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